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Who Do You Think They Were ?

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A hundred and seventy years ago in the North Yorkshire market town of Masham , two small businesses operated next door to each other in the Market Square. Mary Rapper ran a sweet shop, while Mr Thomas Stott worked as a saddler and harness maker.  Both traded in the Market Square in the 1830s, these activities carrying on for the next twenty years. They were Neighbours, but were they Good Friends? We shall never know, but they could not fail to be aware of each other’s existence. May be the Stott’s young son Edward sometimes ran next door to buy sweets from Mary Rapper.
 
What neither family could know was that they were to become the ancestors of a future Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, who would face each other across the benches of the House of Commons in the twentieth first century. 
The niece of Mary Rapper, another Mary Rapper married Mr Thomas John Johnson, the great- great- great grandfather of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.  Thomas Stott was to be the great-great- grandfather of Jeremy Corbyn. May be these two Toms sometimes shared a convivial pint together in the village pub. It is well known that Boris has Turkish ancestry and the name Johnson did not appear again for three generations, when it was taken up by his dad, Stanley, whose father’s name was Osman Kemal. 
Who’d have thought it? The question “Who Do You Think You Are” takes on a new dimension, with this unlikely pairing. 

In the nineteen sixties I worked in London stores. Worked as an Insurance Clerk in the City of London during the nineteen seventies. Divorced in the nineteen nineties. Now I am a retired Civil Servant, managing home and garden and escaping onto social media whenever possible.

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What are the most popular places in the UK?

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Here we go again … another survey. This time, try to figure out which places the British love the most and missed the most during the lockdown. 44% of respondents feel happier in countryside places or in any case with nature, the 31% to the cinema or theatre and the 20% in historic places like Stonehenge or Chatsworth Residence.

Kew Gardens which tops the charts as the happiest place in the UK, around 12% of Britons feel at home in this botanical garden and missed it a lot during lockdown.

The Eden Project in  Cornwall ranks second together with  Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Among the top ten we have the Natural History Museum in London , the British Museum , the Roman Baths , the London Zoo and Loch Lomond.

 

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Supermoon, the largest of the year will be on May 26th

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It will be the second of the year, but the largest. The Supermoon of 26 May will be the closest and will be tinged with red although at our latitudes we won’t see it and we won’t be able to see the small eclipse that comes with it.

The satellite will reach the perigee, on 21 May, at 3: 53 , when it will be in 357. 309 kilometres from Earth); nine hours later, it will also reach the full phase.

In the 2021 there are five Supermoons, three full and two new “The next” Superluna “will appear approximately 7% larger and a little brighter than average, but you need to have an expert to notice it. But you will see it better at sunset and at dawn. 

Those who are in the Far East and the West Coast of the Americas will also be able to see a small lunar eclipse. 

 

 

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Picasso painting sold for over 100 million dollars

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Woman sitting by a window (Marie-Thérèse)

The painting ‘ Woman Seated by a Window (Marie-Thérèse) ‘by Pablo Picasso was sold yesterday for 103, $ 4 million during an auction organized by Christie’s, in New York City. The canvas of 1, 46 x 1, 14 meters, painted in 1932, was sold to 90 million dollars and came to 103, 4 million after a battle of over 19 minutes between collectors. The work, which represents Picasso’s lover and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter, nearly doubled the amount of the initial estimate provided by Christie’s, i.e. 55 Million dollars.

 

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The woman in the painting is a representation of the artist’s mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Picasso painted her sitting in front of a window wearing a red dress with her long dark hair down and reaching down to her waist.

Marie-Thérèse Walter was an artist herself, but she always had to work as an assistant to make ends meet. She was also the person who introduced Picasso to French art critic Louis Vauxcelles, which led to his becoming known internationally and eventually turning from painting into sculpture.

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